Upgrade Chat Tools

Case number:845818-994431
Topic:Game: Social
Opened by:karstenw
Opened on:Monday, January 28, 2013 - 15:24
Last modified:Friday, October 17, 2014 - 21:13

I would enjoy some more chat features like: copy/paste, clickable links, perhaps emoticons and/or fonts. It would be nice to open chat separate from the client and to be able to see the time that a message was sent, so that you don't reply to an old comment.

I never saw myself using chat ever, and yet I use it all the time in foldit. It clearly compliments gameplay in this type of gaming environment. Therefore making enhancements to chat might prove more valuable then one might expect.
Thank you for your consideration.

(Mon, 01/28/2013 - 15:24  |  13 comments)

Joined: 09/21/2011

A side comment.
I know external irc is an option. That is handy, but it appears to be a bit high maintenance. I also think that when gamers are providing their own manual workarounds, it makes the game feel less credible. Maybe unfairly, but nonetheless...

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The new feature that automatically disconnects your client from chat [I'm not sure what the criteria are for disconnection] should alter the user that they have been disconnected. How many times have I visited my group chat thinking no one is around when there was actually a lively discussion going on only my client had disconnected itself from the chat earlier? the box should be dimmed or in some other way changed to denote that chat is offline at the moment.

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is it just me?

Over the last several months chat has been going down on almost an hourly basis, in-game and KVIrc. Would this be something on the client end or could this something at the foldit site?

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Just you. I can connect using an external IRC client and stay on for days or weeks, if a FoldIt crash dosn't cause my PC to reboot.

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i am having that too gramps. not nearly that often, but yes. i'm wondering if it is a firewall issue on my end, who knows

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Any other ideas? Please feel free to comment.

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It'll be good to add non-latin symbols. It's hard to use the chat if you are Russian :-)

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What symbols are you seeing that don't go through chat? You should be able to enter any unicode (with some restrictions) characters. Our main font may not support all characters, but I was testing out some cryllic characters and they seemed to work (to some degree, delete still doesn't work very nicely)

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Type: Suggestion » Bug

when people post a link, very often the whole link is not visible. we can raise the height of the window, but maybe it would be good if we can widen the window too.

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Also, my external irc interacts with the foldit chat rooms and i can type in both external and internal chat. It made me wonder if the foldit chat rooms on every client you have running could actually be active simultaneously. porkythepundit mentioned moving chat to another pc, but maybe it just needs to behave more like an external irc.

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I definitely agree that chat could be more robust. That's something I'd like to look into.

Just to cross-reference porky's post: http://fold.it/portal/node/995600

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It would be nice if there were more options for scrolling up and down within an in-game Foldit Chat window. These could help when you've been doing too much scrolling and your hands, wrists, etc. are sore. Right now it seems you can use the scroll-wheel on the mouse, click the arrows at the top and bottom of the scrollbar, or click and drag the scrollbar up and down. Would it be possible to also let the Page-Up, Page-Down, up-arrow, and down-arrow buttons on the keyboard scroll text up and down?

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When using Foldit's in-game Chat windows, I want the text to stay still in each window while I read it, but sometimes new text is added so fast that the text I am reading moves up before I am ready. Then I have to scroll up to find the text I was reading.

Would it be possible to have the position of the scrollbar (that gray pill-shaped thing on the right side of each Chat window) rise automatically so that as new text is added to the Chat window, the few lines of text visible in the Chat window stay still? This automatic scrollbar position adjustment could go on until the scrollbar has risen to the top of the Chat window. At that point, the scrollbar can move no further, and any new text added to the Chat window will shift the visible text up and off the Chat window.

The repositioning described in the previous paragraph will let the Chat windows always show the last text you viewed or the oldest text still available. Then when you return to a Chat window to read, you don't have to scroll up to find where you were. You can just scroll down and read new things.


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